Sherwood Schools: District Updates
November 10, 2022
Budget Update & Furlough Dates
Last night, our Board of Directors received an update from District staff on the proposed reduction plan to address the District’s current budget deficit. This presentation included information about reductions to staff positions and discretionary spending, as well as proposed furlough dates. For a video of that presentation and other updates on the current year budget situation, please visit our website here.
Following the District’s presentation, the Board voted to adopt the following three staff furlough dates:
March 24, 2023 (Friday before Spring Break)
June 15-16, 2023 (End of school year)
Approval of these dates also includes the following adjustments to the 2022-23 academic calendar:
Trimester 2 last day will change from Thursday, March 16 to Friday, March 10
Staff work day will change from Friday, March 17 to Monday, March 13
Last day of school for K-11 students will move from Thursday, June 15 to Tuesday, June 13
Staff work day will change from Friday, June 16 to Wednesday, June 14
Spring conferences will be canceled. Conference dates at elementary (May 11-12) and at middle school (April 14) will become full school days.
In the event that we have inclement weather school closures this year, we may use identified furlough dates as our weather “make up” days.
For the full 2022-23 academic calendar reflecting these adjustments, please see the link below.
Community Member Needs Assessment Survey
The Sherwood School District is continuing to engage families and community members throughout the 2022-23 school year as we assess how to best meet the needs of our students and families, as well as the community at-large. Throughout the year, this process will include a variety of engagement opportunities, such as parent/community listening sessions, stakeholder meetings, and feedback surveys.
In September, we shared information with families in school newsletters and at Back-to-School Night events related to the state’s new Integrated Guidance initiative, which will combine existing grant funding programs such as the Student Investment Account (SIA) and the High School Success Act (also known as Measure 98). At that time, we provided a Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment Survey to gather feedback.
As a next step, we are now providing a Community Member Needs Assessment survey, found here. If you have previously completed the Parent/Guardian survey, we encourage you to complete this community member survey as well, from the lens of being a resident of the Sherwood community, and to share with other community members as well! Your feedback into our programs and operations is appreciated, and will inform our District’s prioritization of future grant funds we receive through the Integrated Guidance initiative.
On-Campus Visitors During School Hours
Safety of students and staff is the highest priority of the District, and keeping our campuses secure during school hours is an essential component of campus safety. In order to assure that no unauthorized person enters a school campus, we ask that all campus visitors during school hours report to the school office upon arrival to verify authorization to visit the building or grounds. Additionally, we ask that community members refrain from using school grounds, including outdoor facilities such as fields or tracks, during school hours unless they are there on legitimate business related to the operation of the school. Thank you for partnering with our District in maintaining campus security for our students and staff!
Transportation Department Updates
Snow Routes are posted on our Transportation Department page and can be found here. When Snow Routes are activated, service will be limited on all routes except for 1, 8, 9, 12, 14, and 18, which will not be affected. For all other routes, please review if your stop will be impacted during an inclement weather event.
After Thanksgiving break, rural routes will service all grade levels together in order to improve the arrival time to our secondary schools. All route changes will be reflected in the Ride 360 app on Tuesday, November 22nd and will take effect on Monday, November 28th. Regardless of whether or not you live in a rural area, check the Ride 360 app because your bus stop time may change. If you do not have the Ride 360 app, you can find directions on how to install the app and register your student(s) at the link below. You will need your student(s) ID number(s) and the birthdate(s) must be entered in the following format MM/DD/YYYY.
Special Education Parent Partnership
The Student Services Department invites parents to join Sherwood School District's monthly Special Education Parent Partnership meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to build relationships, learn more about special education, and network with professionals and parents who have a passion for supporting students with disabilities. If you would like to join the Student Services Parent Partnership, please click here.
Pre-K Program Spots Still Available!
The Sherwood School District still has a limited number of spots available in our Pre-Kindergarten program. Our Pre-K program has the goal of offering high-quality early education that promotes social-emotional learning and academic skills students need to be successful in school and beyond. Our current program is inclusive, providing rich early learning opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities. This is a tuition-based program, with financial assistance available for families who qualify.
To learn more, please visit the link below.
Sherwood Education Foundation's "Clicking for Kids" Campaign
The Sherwood Education Foundation (SEF) was formed to enrich and enhance the quality of education in the Sherwood School District by distributing grant funds to individual teachers, and by funding programs that support the District’s vision for educational excellence. Because of community support, in the last six years alone SEF has awarded 98 teacher grants totaling over $323,000. Whether it's Sensory Paths, Ozbot Evo Robots, Oregon Battle of the Books, kiln restoration or a PE equipment reboot for the High School, SEF is committed to and will continue to be there for our teachers and their students.
SEF's annual Clicking for Kids fundraiser campaign is now open and will run through November 30th, providing you an opportunity to help continue this incredible support for our Sherwood students and teachers. SEF’s continued success is only made possible with your support! 100% of your donation goes directly back to funding teacher grants at all grade levels.
Please partner with Sherwood Education Foundation and donate today!
For more information or to donate visit www.sherwoodeducationfoundation.org, or see the flyer below.
Focus on Attendance: Every Day Matters!
Sherwood School Districts’s chronic absenteeism rate has more than doubled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chronic absence (missing 10% or more of school) is an early warning sign that students are at risk of not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, struggling academically in middle school and dropping out of high school.
Getting back into the habit of daily attendance matters more than ever. As a district, we are committed to partnering with families to reduce chronic absenteeism. One step we will be taking is early communication to families notifying them of attendance concerns. If a student has missed more than 10% of the school year, the school will be reaching out to parents/guardians either with a phone call or a letter. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect with their peers and teachers.
Thank you for partnering with us to support your child to thrive and succeed in school through regular attendance. For tips on how to help your child build healthy attendance habits, see this helpful handout .